Rachel Daniel holds up a picture of her abducted daughter
Rose Daniel as her son Bukar sits beside her at her home in
Maiduguri. REUTERS/Joe Penney
The United States has deployed about 80 military
personnel to Chad in its effort to help find and return more
than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militant
group Boko Haram, President Barack Obama said in a letter to
"These personnel will support the operation of intelligence,
surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over
northern Nigeria and the surrounding area," Obama said in the
"The force will remain in Chad until its support in resolving
the kidnapping situation is no longer required," he said.
The girls were taken in April from a boarding school close to
Nigeria's border with Cameroon, Niger and Chad in a sparsely
populated region. Their whereabouts are unknown.
US surveillance aircraft have been flying over remote areas
of northeast Nigeria for two weeks, and the Pentagon struck
an agreement last weekend to allow it to share intelligence
directly with the Nigerian government.
The US government has also sent officials from the State
Department and the FBI to Nigeria to help in the search.